Two things…

Today is Mother’s Day.  My hats off to the women who take on the hardest job in the universe.  HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Also, in trying to describe to people what exactly my job is; I usually get a confused look or and email that’s all: “huh?” so here’s a link to a website that gives an accurate description of my job.

We CHA’s are in that wide spectrum between nurses and physicians.  We perform in-takes, we get initial histories, we take vitals, we give injections, we do blood draws, but then the care moves into examinations and treatments as well.  We are essentially the ears and the eyes of a physician.  We work under a physician’s license and give treatments according to what the doctor orders.  Some things we can treat here in the village w/o a doctor’s direct orders once we’ve passed a preceptorship and competency in that particular area.  Our role in the community was created some 40 years ago because there are very few doctors in the rural villages in Alaska.  We became that bridge between doctor and patient.  Does that make sense?

Community Health Aide/Practitioners are only in Alaska because our state is unique in that the majority of the population lives off the road system.  The great thing is that I will take a wide variety of skills with me when we do eventually move back to “the real world.”  In fact, once I reach Practitioner level, I will bridge directly into P.A. school.  Plus, my clinical experience by then will make it very easy for me to get through it.

Anyway, here’s the link to the website and I hope that answers any questions…

I hope all of you mother’s out there have a fabulous day!  I admire the job you have taken on and I hope to join you all in the ranks someday.

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